SSD/Maplewood Richmond Heights

February 2022

Dear MRH Families,

Every three years the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) conducts an analysis of how school districts are doing regarding special education services. This is one of those years. Part of the review process includes parent input in the form of a survey. The survey is anonymous. A summary of the results will be shared with us so we can consider them as we continuously strive to improve the special education and related services that we provide to the students of MRH.

I encourage you to make your voice heard. A link to the survey is on the MRH website: https://www.mrhschools.net/Page/1. Locate the District News section to find more details about how to participate in the survey.


Respectfully,

Ben Gleason

Lead Special Education Coordinator

Upcoming

February 7 and 9- ECC and Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 8 and 10- Middle and High School Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 11- No School- Professional Development day

February 21- No School- Presidents' Day

March 1- Early release day

Family and Community Engagement

Mental Health First Aid Training for SSD Families - Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others to help adolescents experiencing mental health and/or addictions challenge or crisis. It is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Nationally this course is valued at $170; due to a grant from Missouri's Department of Mental Health and a collaboration with the Ferguson Community Center, you have the opportunity to attend at no cost.

Saturday, March 19th from 9 – 1:30 PM at Ferguson Community Center. 1050 Smith Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Space is limited. To register click here. Registration will close on Monday, March 7th or when all seats are filled.

The Family Resource Hub located at North Tech High School is a space dedicated to families and our community stakeholders. The resource hub offers families computer and internet access, a satellite food pantry, and support navigating community resources. The space is also dedicated to supporting families by hosting learning labs, community events, and a safe and supportive environment to learn with and from one another.

OPEN HOUSE January 18- January 21, 2022 from 9 – 4 PM

You’re welcome to visit during these times or to set an appointment to meet us there.

Please call 314-989-8311 or email FamilyEngagement@ssdmo.org

Parent Education and Diversity Awareness

Parent Leadership Institute will be held via ZOOM

If you have always wanted to participate but life made it too hard to get away from home, NOW IS THE TIME TO ENROLL!!!

If you are a parent or family member who makes the educational decisions for a child with a disability, investing the time to attend these four Wednesday evening sessions will provide:

Vision for the future of your child.

Knowledge to help you to effectively participate in your child’s education.

Leadership skills to improve the educational climate for all children.

Access to new resources, friends and experts to help you on your journey.

The Institute will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm-8:00 p.m. on February 16, March 2, 9, and 16, via zoom.

Learn more about this opportunity or download the application at: Parent Leadership Institute



Virtual Workshop: Meeting your child's needs using Charting the LifeCourse Tools in the IEP process

When: Tue, March 15, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Description: Your child’s school Individual Education Plan (IEP) can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. Find out how to utilize LifeCourse Tools to help prepare and communicate effectively with your child’s IEP team to determine the most successful goals and interventions to help your child reach their potential.

To register for this workshop, click here: https://SSDPEDA.as.me/CTLCwithSTLARC


PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Special School District’s Family and Community Outreach, Social Work, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA), and Communications Department have teamed up to offer a virtual Lunch & Learn series for SSD families and stakeholders. The series, which will involve community organizations sharing information about their work, will take place on the first Wednesday of each month during the 2021-22 school year, from 11:30 AM - Noon.


Representatives from community organizations will participate to increase awareness about their agency and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services.

Organizations represented in the Lunch & Learn series include:

· Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) – March 2

· St. Louis ARC – April 6

· St. Louis County Library – May 4

Each event is held virtually through YouTube Live and will remain on our channel for future viewing.

Family Engagement- Resources and Opportunities

  1. The Family Resource Hub –

    1. Family Resource Hub Virtual Grand Opening Video

    2. Family Resource Hub Flyer

    3. Satellite Food Pantry Flyer

  2. Recreation Council Flyer – Summer Program Guides available on 1.21.22

  3. Youth Mental Health Training for Families – Google link: https://forms.gle/28CzBcceYgadDhJk6

  4. Assistance for families who may have challenges accessing the FREE Covid Tests

Health and Wellness

Self-awareness and social-awareness are two core competencies that make up social-emotional learning – which goes hand in hand with wellness. When we foster knowledge of ourselves and others, we can acquire skills to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Working toward cultural competency is a valuable goal for the well-being of ourselves and our community. This Black History Month, and throughout the year, we invite you to explore resources for teaching your family about the important contributions and experiences of our diverse community.

For tips on how to honor and celebrate, visit Teaching Your Child About Black History |… | PBS KIDS for Parents

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MRH Parent Advisory Council

The MRH Parent Advisory Council had its first meeting last spring. This group offers an opportunity to connect with other parents of students with disabilities and to learn about topics of interest. The group is actively planning for this school year. Please contact MRH parent Mrs. Kim Gifford if you are interested in participating.

SSD Parent Advisory Council

SSD PAC New/Renewal of Membership Self-Nomination Forms information: Hello, SSD PAC members and potential members! We are approaching that time of year when we prepare to hold elections and renew membership. Nomination is through self-nomination. The self-nomination form is available to all parents of students receiving services through SSD.

Per the SSD PAC Bylaws, potential members must consent to make their names and contact information

available to the public. Notices requesting self-nomination forms shall be received by parents no later than

January 10th. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Executive Committee no later than

February 15th. The election of new/renewal of SSD PAC members shall take place no later than May 31st. We will hold the election at the April 13th General Meeting.

Elections are rotated each year. The following districts will hold elections in even numbered years: Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Hancock Place, Ladue, Mehlville, Normandy, Rockwood, University City and Valley Park.

Please complete and submit the self-nomination form linked above ASAP. Please note that even if you recently submitted a self-nomination form and were elected as a member of the SSD PAC, but are in a district that has an election in even numbered years, you will need to submit another self-nomination form. Please reach out to us at pac@ssdmo.org with any questions.

Love and Light,

Dr. Camesha Carter, SSD PAC President


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Let's Talk!

Let’s Talk is an open invitation from Special School District (SSD) to tell us what’s on your mind.​Let’s Talk is an easy way to submit feedback at your convenience directly to the SSD staff member who can help.